Now, you can use Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope even if you don't have a Twitter account.
People, who want to use Periscope can now use their phone number to sign up for Periscope, with no need for a Twitter account. The updated version of the app also adds the ability to reply directly to comments in Periscope chats, media reports said.
And because not all Periscope users are always on their best behaviour, the app will now notify all users watching when a user has been blocked -- effectively calling out any trolls on a particular stream.
The update also allows a user to change their avatar. The changes indicate, pointed out experts, that Twitter is looking to aggressively grow the app's footprint beyond its text-based platform.
Recently, the rival app Meerkat's also reduced its reliance on Twitter. With both live-streaming apps moving away from Twitter dependence, their growth will likely be more affected by user experience and service reliability than ever before, feel the experts.